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Isle Of The Lost
Transcript of Isle Of The Lost
O- Other Characters
F- Falling Action
Isle Of The Lost
G- Give Advice
H- Hollywood Take
I- Important to the Protagonist
J- Join In
K- Keep It Going
N- New Title
P- Person V. Self
U- How Would You Rate It?
V- View Point
Z- Zip Back in Time
An important moment from my book was when Mal had a dream about a boy who she didn't know. She was sitting in an old temple ruin eating the best strawberries she had ever had and she was talking to a handsome boy from Auradon. Mal was startled to think that she had dreamed about someone from the sickeningly sweet world of Auradon. Unbeknownst to Mal, the boy in her dream had a similar vision about her and that this apparition would soon become a reality.
Mal is a girl with wickedly purple hair, wears purple attire, and descends from the infamous Maleficent, the evil fairy who put princess Aurora asleep. Being her daughter, Mal had to live up to her mother's legacy by planning evil schemes.
The climax of the book was when, Mal, Jay (son of Jafar), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen), and Carlos (son of Cruella De Vil) had returned from their adventure of retrieving Maleficient's scepter, also known as the Dragon's eye. Unfortunately, in this scenario, the descendants weren't able to fulfill their parents' expectations. This is considered the climax because it was were the reader finally understands the true character of the descendants. It is also where the children realize their parents don't ;ove them for who they are, and that they only care about power and vengeance.
A time when Mal wished she could do over something she had done was when she pushed Evie into the dangerous Hell Hall out of malice. Despite her actions, Maleficent still wasn't impressed with her daughter's evil behavior.
Three emotions I felt throughout this book was fear, sadness, and relief. I was scared for Evie when Mal had locked Evie into the Hell Hall. In her time in the Hell Hall, Evie encountered the same troubles Cruella De Vil had when she was defeated. I was saddened to see the way how Mal, Carlos, Evie, and Jay’s parents treat them. Their parents all expect a lot out each of them to be exactly like they were when they made their big defeat. No matter how much they try to live up to the expectations, their parents are never impressed. I felt relief after the group had made it out of the castle and onto solid ground, that they did not have to face another trial of Maleficent's castle.
The falling action of the book was after the group made it out of Maleficent's castle and they went back to their homes where they confronted their disappointed parents. After being scolded by their parents, they all decided to go for a walk together in silence.
Two pieces of advice I would have given Mal is to think before she does anything. She tends to hurt someone without realizing the affects it can have on the people she hurt, and the consequences it will have on her. Another piece of advice that I would give Mal is to try to be nicer to people. Mal doesn't realize that kindness goes a long way, no matter what her parentage is, she doesn't have to be mean.
Although Disney has made a movie sequel to the book with Dove Cameron playing Mal, Booboo Stewart playing Jay, Cameron Boyce playing Carlos, and Sophia Carson playing Evie, I chose new actors to portray each of the characters; Elle Fanning as Mal, Dylan Sprayberry as Jay, Dylan O'Brian as Carlos, and Victoria Moroles as Evie.
I would think that the most important thing to Mal in the book is Maleficent. Maleficent is important to Mal because Mal is willing to do anything to please her mother. For example, returning her mother's scepter; proving her respect for her mother
If I were added to the list of characters, I would want to be added as a girl who lives in the Isle of the Lost and befriends Mal; I would be a positive influence to her life.
Based on the end of the book, I can predict that Mal, Jay, Carlos, and Evie will be emitted to Auradon by the prince's order, where they will get a chance to live the lives of a normal person.
The theme of Isle of the Lost is that you don't have to live up to the expectations that your parents want, and that you can choose your own future. My personal take away from this book is that you don't have live up to the greatness of your ancestors, you can achieve the goals that you want, and be the change that you want to become. Your parents should love you for who you are and not for the things that you do for them.
A new title for the Isle of the Lost is "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree". I chose this title because it represents that despite their ambitions, the children and their parents share some personality traits.
L- Lessons Learned
I would modify the ending that Ben, the prince of Auradon, would meet Mal and the rest of the gang to confirm his decision of moving the four of the kids to Auradon. I would have liked to see Ben look around in the Isle of the Lost to see how bad it is to live there.
The minor characters in the Isle of the Lost was Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, Cruella De Vil, Audrey(Aurora's daughter who is also Ben's girlfriend), Gaston's sons, Mother Gothel, and her daughter, Iago, Jafar's parrot, Maleficent's raven, and Madame Tremaine (Cinderella's evil stepmother) and her daughters.
The type of conflict that occurs in my book is person verses self. Mal fights with herself to decipher whether or not if she is good enough to be Maleficent's daughter. Mal will do anything for her mother's affection, but always second- guesses herself on whether or not if her actions are the right thing to do.
On pg. 140 of Isle of the lost, the book states, "Maleficent's threats were hard to shake. As always, her mother knew exactly where to strike. She could find her daughter's soft spots as easily now as when she had been a baby wearing one on the top of her head.
Don't you want to prove yourself to me? Prove that you are worthy of the name I bestowed on you,
This is significant to the story because this proves that Maleficent takes advantage of her daughter to get what she wants; Maleficent molded Mal into the evil character she was in the book.
The main conflict in the book was that the four main characters were trying so hard to please their parents in return for love, that they ventured out on a quest to find Maleficent's scepter that involved many difficult tasks. They resolve this by realizing that no matter how hard they try, they will never fully please them. Nonetheless, the still do as their parents order.
The title, "Isle of the Lost", comes from the name of the island that the characters live on. The Isle of the Lost is a land of people who are not wanted in Auradon. This includes criminals, villains, monsters, and creatures. Being on the island makes them quickly forgotten by the people of Auradon.
I would rate this book a four because it was overall, pretty good book that incorporated a decent plot that was worth reading. I thought that the book was well written, however, it wasn't original and was slightly sappy in the end.
Three questions I would ask the author, protagonist, and antagonist are:
Author (Melissa De La Cruz): What inspired you to come up with the plot for the book?
Protagonist (Mal): Why do you want to prove yourself to your mother so badly?
Antagonist (Mal): Why do you rely on Maleficent's love even when it is obvious that she only loves the things that you break your back to get?
According to the "Isle of the Lost", the author states, "Once upon a time, during a time after all the happily-ever-afters, and perhaps even after the ever-afters after that, all the evil villains of the world were banished from the United Kingdom of Auradon and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. There, underneath a protective dome that kept all matter of enchantment out of their clutches, the terrible, the treacherous, the truly awful, and the severely sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic." This extract from the book proves that the author's style is written in a descriptive and humorous way.
Y- You Should Read This!
I would recommend this book for children who are of the ages of twelve to fourteen; grades six to eighth, and enjoy reading fantasy genres. The reading level is perfect for this age group and involves new vocabulary for the readers to learn.
In the beginning of the book, Mal was a cold- hearted villain who wanted to make everyone suffer. However, in the end of the book, Mal turned into a girl who had opened her eyes to a whole new perspective; she realized that her mother really wasn't the wicked fairy she thought she was; Maleficent was a woman who wanted revenge for something that was rightfully hers. Mal also regretted putting Evie into the Hell Hall and wanted to become friends with her; she realized that it really wasn't necessary to put Evie through so much trouble if she never did anything to Mal when she had no reason to.
Isle of the Lost is written in the third person point of view. I know this because the author demonstrates this on page 266, when the text states, "
ran towards the only open passageway, the goblin horde shrieking in the darkness, following behind
, spears beating against the wall." The use of the words "they" and "them" show that it was written in third person.
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